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RFVP Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub

Accessible Resources

The Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub has been developed for organisations and practitioners who are working with people with disability who are experiencing or using family violence. 

The Resource Hub provides ready access to important resources that promote safety, accessibility, equity and inclusion of people with disability which can aid in reducing barriers and increasing safety.  Resources are relevant to Organisational Leaders, Specialist Family Violence and Sexual Assault Practitioners, Disability Services, Health, Family Support, Education and others.


Access to information is a fundamental human right, enshrined by law. Providing information in alternative accessible formats such as Easy Read and Plain English is important to reach more people, and for more people to understand your information.

The Easy Read format offers a powerful combination of text with layout and imagery to simplify, streamline and explain information.

Information presented in easy read benefits everyone.

This is because information is made easier to understand by:

  • using plain-language
  • using short sentences
  • telling people exactly what they need to know.

Lots of people find easy read useful:

  • People are busy and need to understand information quickly.
  • Easy read helps people with learning disability understand information easily.
  • Easy read can also be helpful for:
    • people who are not familiar with English
    • people with dyslexia
    • people with low literacy.

The Accessible Resources section contains a range of Easy Read and Easy English resources relevant to supporting people with disability who are experiencing abuse or harm.  The resources can be used to support people with disability to understand their rights and who they can talk to if they are feeling unsafe.  A number of the resources explain the roles and responsibility of key services that are available or may be involved if a person with disability is experiencing family violence. 


What is Violence and Abuse - About Abuse – Easy Read

About this resource: Information for a person with disability that explains abuse and violence and how they can be safe in an Easy Read format.

Applying this resource: For people with disability who are wanting to understand about abuse, violence and how they can be safe.

What is Violence and Abuse - 1800 RESPECT - Disability Support Toolkit and Practice Guides

About this resource: The Disability Support Toolkit has resources for frontline workers supporting people with disability who have been impacted by family and sexual violence.

The Toolkit includes:

– Videos to share with clients on how to contact the 1800RESPECT service and how the service works
– Easy English booklets that can be downloaded or ordered free from 1800RESPECT which explain violence, who can do violence and how to keep safer from violence
– Information about the Sunny APP – a safety planning APP that has been designed by women with disability for women with disability.

This Toolkit can be used in conjunction with information provided on our website on Inclusive Practice: Supporting people with disability.

Applying this resource: For people with disability and family Violence and Sexual Assault Practitioners supporting people with disability who are experiencing family violence.

Safety Planning Tools - How to feel safe at home

About this resource: An Easy English resource developed by the Domestic Violence Resource Center to assist people with disability in understanding family violence and how they can stay safer at home.  This includes developing a safety plan.

Applying this resource: A guide for practitioners and information for people with disability who are wanting increase their safety from Family Violence.  

Safety Planning Tools - Keeping safe – Easy Read

About this resource: An Easy Read resource developed by the Domestic Violence Resource Center to assist people with disability in understanding family violence and how they can stay safer at home.  This includes developing a safety plan. 

Applying this resource: A guide for practitioners and information for people with disability who are wanting increase their safety from Family Violence.  

Conversation and Decision Making Tools - Speak up and be safe

About this resource: Scope was supported by the Victorian Government to produce a communication toolkit and resources for people with communication difficulties, to assist individuals to identify and report abuse.

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with people with disability who prefer picture based visual cues to scaffold their communication.     

Conversation and Decision Making Tools - Conversation cards

About this resource: The conversation cards are designed to open up conversation between people with disability and their supporters about decision making. The cards help people with intellectual disability to think about decision making in their lives. They support learning about decision making, rights and opportunities while encouraging relationship building and open communication. Every Decision Maker and each decision is different. The cards focus on strengths and self- leadership in decision making.

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with people with disability who would prefer picture based visual cues to assist in communicating their wishes during a meeting or discussion.  

Conversation and Decision Making Tools - Relationship circle

About this resource: A tool to look at the relationships in someone’s life, to learn who is in that person’s life, where the gaps are and where support can be focused.

Applying this resource: A tool for practitioners working with people with disability who would prefer picture based visual cues to assist in talking about their support network

ME 360 Cards

About this resource: Developed by Council for Disability, Me360 cards help young people with disability have conversations about the important things in their lives.Each me360 card asks a question that will help young people think about their strengths and goals, and what they need to live a good life.  The cards are useful during times of change or making important decisions in their lives. 

Applying this resource: For young people with disability who would like support in identifying what is important to them.

Conversation and Decision Making Tools - YDAS - Conversation cards

About this resource: The conversation cards are designed to support expression of thoughts and feelings. 

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with people with disability who would prefer picture based visual cues to assist in communicating their wishes during a meeting or discussion.  

Safe Sex and Respectful Relationships – easy read

About this resource: Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) website has many relevant resources developed by women with disability for women with disability, including information in easy read
format about safe sex and respect, as well as contraception.

Applying this resource: For people with disability who are wanting information about safe sex and respectful
relationships.

Safe Sex and Respectful Relationships - Sex, safe and fun – Easy Read

About this resource: The Safe Sex and Fun Resource created by Family Planning Australia presents a factual and balanced view of the rights and responsibilities associated with a range of sexual activities in
Easy Read Format for people with intellectual disability. There are important messages about
consent, enjoyment, intimacy, privacy and safety. The resources include a booklet, condom
packet, video and a support person’s guide. 

Applying this resource: Sex, Safe and Fun is intended for use with adults with intellectual disability who have complex learning difficulties and low literacy.  

Helpful Applications (APPs) for People with a Disability

About this resource:

ASK IZZY
https://askizzy.org.au/

An App to assist people to locate support services relevant to their needs and location.

SUNNY
An App created by 1800RESPECT, to be used by women with a disability. It provides support
for those who have experienced violence and abuse. It has been co-designed by women with
a disability –
https://www.1800respect.org.au/sunny

BEST APPS FOR PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY
https://focuscare.com.au/blog/2023-best-apps-for-people-with-a-disability

As technology becomes more advanced, there are many ways that tech can improve day-to-
day life for people with a range of disabilities – all from the convenience of a smartphone or
tablet. It can be hard to narrow down the best of the best, so Focus Care has compiled a list
of the top apps for people with a disability.

Applying this resource: For people with disability who are wanting to access relevant APPs. 

Disability Rights Explained

About this resource: A plain English resource developed by the Law Foundation of South Australia explaining Disability Rights. This Handbook provides information on how the articles of the Convention
on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) can guide people’s protection and
promotion of their human rights.

Eight general principles underpin a person with disability’s rights as set out in the CRPD. It is
important for all to know and apply these principles which include:

1. Respect for inherent dignity and individual autonomy, including the freedom to make own choices and have independence.
2. Non-discrimination.
3. Full and effective participation and inclusion in society.
4. Respect for difference and acceptance of people with disability as part of human diversity and humanity.
5. Equality of opportunity.
6. Accessibility.
7. Equality between men and women.
8. Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disability and respect for the right of children with disability to preserve their identities.

Applying this resource: For people with disability and practitioners 

What Police do when responding to family violence - What Police Do – Easy Read

About this resource: Information for a person with disability that explains how police can help if they are experiencing family violence.

Applying this resource: For people with disability who are wanting information about the role that police can take if they are unsafe from family violence.    

What Police do when responding to family violence - How to Report a Sexual Offense – Easy Read

About this resource: Information for a person with disability that explains how police can help if they have experienced a sexual assault.   

Applying this resource: For people with disability who are wanting information about the role that police can take if they are wanting to report a sexual assault.  

What Police do when responding to family violence -Independent Third Persons Information Sheet

About this resource: The Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence requires a person with disability to be offered support of an Independent Third Persons (ITP).  ITPs can attend police interviews for adults and young people with disability to ensure that they are not disadvantaged during the interview process.   

Applying this resource:For people with disability who are wanting information about ITPs

What Police do when responding to family violence - What is an Independent Third Person – for witnesses and victims

About this resource: The Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence requires a person with disability to be offered support of an Independent Third Persons (ITP).  ITPs can attend police interviews for adults and young people with disability to ensure that they are not disadvantaged during the interview process.

Applying this resource: For people with disability who are wanting information about ITPs.   

What Police do when responding to family violence - What is an Independent Third Person – for alleged offenders

About this resource: The Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence requires a person with disability to be offered support of an Independent Third Persons (ITP).  ITPs can attend police interviews for adults and young people with disability to ensure that they are not disadvantaged during the interview process.

Applying this resource: For people with disability who are wanting information about ITPs. 

What is Supported Decision Making - Side by Side – A Guide for people wanting support to make decisions

About this resource: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognises that people with disability should have the support they need to make decisions that affect them. Supported decision-making is an important human rights concept for people with disability. 

There can be many reasons why people may want to take up the opportunity to appoint someone to support them to make decisions. Some people may want support to make and act on their decisions because of a disability. Other people may want this support when they have a serious illness or injury. Others may experience difficulties communicating, or may have experienced trauma in the past, that means they value having the support of someone else when communicating with organisations. 

This step-by-step guide explains how a person can go about appointing a person to assist them in making decisions that affect them.   

Applying this resource: A guide for practitioners and information for people with disability who are wanting information about supported decision making laws in Victoria.  

Supported Decision Making - The Right to Make your Own Medical Decisions – Easy Read

About this resource: Information for a person with disability that explains their right to make their own medical decisions in an Easy Read format.

Applying this resource: For people with disability who are wanting information about their right to make medication decisions. 

Explaining the NDIS - NDIS for women with disabilities – Easy English

About this resource: Developed by Women with Disabilities Victoria (WWD), this resource explains the NDIS in Easy English.

Applying this resource: For women with disabilities.  

Explaining the NDIS - The Participant Journey – Easy English

About this resource: Developed by the NDIA, this resource explains in Easy English, the journey a potential NDIS participant can take when applying for access to the NDIS. 

Applying this resource: For people with disability who are wanting information about how to access the NDIS.  

Be Prepared for your Hospital Stay - Easy Read

About this resource: National Disability Services website have a number of accessible resources to support people with disability to prepare and what to expect when needing to go to hospital. 

Applying this resource: For people with disability to help prepare and reduce anxiety around going to hospital 

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